Wednesday, June 27, 2012

WIP Wednesday: Octagonal Orb

I finally started on a new project - an Octagonal Orb quilt based on the pattern posted on The Modern Quilt Guild Blog a while back.  I saw the grey and red block and thought it would be great to make a whole quilt with a different color in each orb.
Here's the first block that I made with grey and aqua.  I really love this block and I think I'm really going to love this quilt.  I'm going to wait to trim all of the blocks until I have all of them made.  I prefer to wait to trim my blocks until all are made to ensure all will be the same size.
The next one I will be piecing is the yellow block.  I really like the yellow with the grey here as well.
The lime green block is also ready to be sewn together.  Once again, loving this one.

I also have a dark purple, red, orange, pink, teal and dark blue that are prepped and ready to be pieced together, but those are all still in the small 2 1/2" square stage.

I'm hoping to have this done by the beginning of August in time for the special exhibit at the Lowell Quilt Festival where the BMQG will have a special exhibit. We'll see if I make that goal with everything that I have going on this summer before the festival, with the 4th of July, weddings, etc. I'll give myself a 50/50 chance.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Monday, June 25, 2012

Returned Around the World

On Saturday at the Boston Modern Quilt Guild meeting, we returned our Around the World quilts to their owners.
Here's my quilt that was returned to me.  I'm really happy with how it turned out, especially seeing as though I had no idea what to do with the block that I had initially created.  It was just sitting around for over two years, waiting for me to do something with it.

I have to say, I really enjoyed this bee.  It's certainly something that I'd do again.

Here are the rounds that I contributed to over the past few months:

Monday, June 4, 2012

Modern She Made Swap Complete

Last week I received the most wonderful package from Whitney at The Peacock Tree as part of the Modern She Made Swap on Flickr.

Isn't it a wonderful package?
Here's the whole mini quilt.  It was inspired by a jewel prism.  How cool is that?  Whitney totally nailed me in terms of my favorite colors and color scheme.  The circle that is hand stitched in the upper right corner meets the one requirement of the swap - there needed to be at least one circular element to the swap item.
To top it off, Whitney even made me an armrest pincushion.  It totally matches my maroon couch perfectly.  My husband will be so happy that I have a place to put my pins, binding clips, scissors, etc. instead of on the couch or coffee table as I'm binding my quilts in the living room. 

If you remember, this is the pillow and pincushion that I made for my swap partner.
This was definitely a great swap and one that I would participate in again.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Finish Friday - Rainbow House

I finished my Rainbow House quilt last night and am in love with how it came out.
It's hard to see in this picture, but it's bound in a black Kona cotton.
I did some simple quilting in the house block and in the border.  The tiny-tiny (and did I say PIECED) rainbow stripe is busy enough that the simple lines work best for this quilt.
Those rainbow pieces measure 1/4 square (give or take since it's so small, I'm not claiming extreme accuracy there). Yikes!
Here's the back.  I used a Sweetwater Sunkissed fat quarter that I had lying around for the backing. I used two scrap 5" squares for the hanging triangles.
Now to find a special place to hang this.

**Edit - I scheduled this post to go out on Friday, but it some how published on Thursday, but the date shows as 6/1 in my blog header.  Strange.  I schedule all of my posts ahead of time since life can get crazy.  I usually schedule several posts at a time so that I regularly update my blog.  I had written this one a few days ago and was surprised when it showed up in my reader a day early. Oh well.  Enjoy!